Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi launch the Nordic Hydrogen Route – The first large-scale cross-border hydrogen network in Europe


Today, Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi announce the launch of the Nordic Hydrogen Route. This initiative is aimed to drive decarbonization, support regional green industrialization, economic development, and European energy independence. By building-up a cross-border hydrogen infrastructure in Bothnian Bay region and an open hydrogen market by 2030, Nordic Hydrogen Route will accelerate the creation of hydrogen economy and new investments to support European energy transition and increase the access to green and competitive domestic energy.

The companies seek to develop a network of pipelines that would effectively transport energy from producers to consumers to ensure they have access to an open, reliable, and safe hydrogen market. An integrated energy infrastructure would connect customers across the region, from hydrogen and e-fuels producers to steelmakers, who are eager to create new value chains and products as well as to decarbonise their operations.

“A functioning hydrogen market in Bothnian Bay will position the region as an attractive proposition for investment, stimulate green industrialization, and create new jobs. It would also provide the Nordics with high reliability of energy supply,” says Hans Kreisel, CEO of Nordion Energi.

Regional demand for hydrogen is estimated to exceed 30 TWh by 2030, and be around 65 TWh by 2050, with much of this hydrogen expected to be produced using the plentiful onshore and offshore wind across the Bay. This production would enable build out of more than 25 000 MW of wind power capacity. The Nordic Hydrogen Route would connect production with demand sites via a pipeline following the Bothnian Bay coastline, with major branches to expected demand centres like Gällivare or Kiruna. The goal for the infrastructure is to be operational by 2030, with a final length of around 1000 km. The concept will be developed together with stakeholders along the value chain.

“Beyond catalysing regional economic growth and new industrial investments, the Nordic Hydrogen Route would contribute significantly towards Finland and Sweden’s ambitious climate neutrality goals. It would also enable Finland and Sweden to become leading producers of clean alternative fuels for the aviation and maritime industries by transporting hydrogen to new production sites,” says Olli Sipilä, CEO of Gasgrid Finland.

The Nordic Hydrogen Route acts on the growing consensus, reflected in recent EU policy frameworks, that hydrogen infrastructure planning needs to include integrated, cross-border connections between neighbouring countries to leverage the maximum decarbonization potential.

Further information:

Olli Sipilä, CEO, Gasgrid Finland Oy, tel. +358 40 589 4686, olli.sipila@gasgrid.fi

Sara Kärki, Head of Strategic Analysis & RDI at Gasgrid Finland, tel. +358 40 158 1722, sara.karki@gasgrid.fi,

Hans Kreisel, CEO, Nordion Energi AB, tel. +46 72 217 5821, hans.kreisel@nordionenergi.se

Igor Vlassiouk, Director Strategy & Corporate Development at Nordion Energi AB,
tel. +46 70 560 1841, igor.vlassiouk@nordionenergi.se

Nordic Hydrogen Route is an initiative between Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi to accelerate the creation of a hydrogen economy by building up a cross-border hydrogen infrastructure in Bothnian Bay region and an open hydrogen market by 2030. The aim of Nordic Hydrogen Route is to drive decarbonization, support regional green industrialization, economic development, and European energy independence. The companies seek to develop a network of pipelines that would effectively transport and store energy from producers to consumers to ensure they have access to an open, reliable, and safe hydrogen market. Find out more: www.nordichydrogenroute.com

Nordion Energi specialises in energy infrastructure and is driven by a clear ambition: to be part of driving the transition to 100% green energy. Nordion Energi is the TSO (Transmission System Operator) for the Swedish main gas grid and owns and operates the country’s biggest gas distribution network, as well as has electricity network operations. Nordion Energi ensures our customers such as industries, municipalities, CHP plants, households, filling stations and restaurants are always supplied with energy in a safe, sustainable way. Find out more: www.nordionenergi.se

Gasgrid Finland Oy is a Finnish state-owned company and transmission system operator with system responsibility. We offer our customers safe, reliable, and cost-efficient transmission of gases. We actively develop our transmission platform, services, and the gas market in a customer-oriented manner to promote the carbon-neutral energy and raw material system of the future. Find out more: www.gasgrid.fi